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  • New vision and strengthened partnership for WHO and China


    on 2017-08-21 at 8:25 AM

    21 August 2017 | GENEVA – WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus concluded a 3-day official visit to the People’s Republic of China paving the way for stronger and more strategic WHO-China collaborations. Outcomes of his visit included a new financial contribution to WHO from China, and strengthened commitments to improve the health of billions of people in the 60 countries in the Belt and Road Initiative. […]



  • Director-General leads WHO delegation to the Belt and Road Forum for Health Cooperation


    on 2017-08-15 at 9:05 AM

    WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus will lead WHO’s delegation to the Belt and Road High Level Meeting for Health Cooperation: Towards a Health Silk Road to be held in Beijing, 18–19 August 2017, as part of his first official visit to the People’s Republic of China since taking office on 1 July 2017. Dr Tedros’ visit is to establish a new vision for WHO-China strategic partnership for the next 5–7 years. He will meet with high level leadership in the State Council; National Health and Family Planning Commission; Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Commerce; and the Government of China. Topics to be discussed during their meetings will include how best to utilize the Belt and Road initiative to keep people safe, how to advance universal health coverage in the countries included in the initiative, and to discuss more broadly the role of China in global health. […]



  • Cholera count reaches 500 000 in Yemen


    on 2017-08-14 at 10:25 AM

    The total number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen this year hit the half a million mark on Sunday, and nearly 2000 people have died since the outbreak began to spread rapidly at the end of April. The overall caseload nationwide has declined since early July, particularly in the worst affected areas. But suspected cases of the deadly waterborne disease continue to rage across the country, infecting an estimated 5000 people per day. […]



  • Statement of the 14th IHR Emergency Committee regarding the international spread of poliovirus


    on 2017-08-03 at 10:20 AM

    The fourteenth meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) regarding the international spread of poliovirus was convened by the Director General on 3 August 2017 at WHO headquarters with members, advisers and invited member states attending via teleconference. The Emergency Committee reviewed the data on wild poliovirus (WPV1) and circulating vaccine derived polioviruses (cVDPV). The Secretariat presented a report of progress for affected IHR States Parties subject to Temporary Recommendations. The following IHR States Parties presented an update on the current situation and the implementation of the WHO Temporary Recommendations since the Committee last met on 24 April2017: Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), Nigeria, Pakistan and Syria. […]



  • Babies and mothers worldwide failed by lack of investment in breastfeeding


    on 2017-08-01 at 2:00 AM

    No country in the world fully meets recommended standards for breastfeeding, according to a new report by UNICEF and WHO in collaboration with the Global Breastfeeding Collective, a new initiative to increase global breastfeeding rates. […]

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  • Using barcodes to trace cell development


    on 2017-08-16 at 5:26 PM

    There are various concepts about how blood cells develop. However, they are based almost exclusively on experiments that solely reflect snapshots. In a publication in Nature, scientists from the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg now present a novel technique that captures the process in a dynamic way. Using a "random generator", the researchers label hematopoietic stem cells with genetic barcodes that enable them to trace which cell types arise from the stem cell. This method will facilitate whole new insights into the development of various tissues as well as cancer.

    Copyright: Nicole Schuster/DKFZ […]



  • Therapies for older leukemia patients


    on 2017-08-02 at 5:32 PM

    The German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) will provide funding for a new research group at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) and at the University of Freiburg and Freiburg University Medical Center. The scientists will jointly pursue fundamental and clinical research into acute myeloid leukemia (AML). The DFG will support the project with funds of approximately €4.2 million over the next three years.

    Copyright: The Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP), Wikimedia Commons […]



  • Cancer cells put the brakes on immune system


    on 2017-07-28 at 12:31 PM

    In order for cancer cells to successfully spread and multiply, they must find a way to avoid the body's own immune system. Scientists at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) have published an explanation for how this occurs with chronic lymphatic leukemia (CLL). The degenerated cells cause an inflammatory reaction and influence other blood cells with it so much, that the immune system is suppressed. They send out messages via exosomes, little bubbles, which the cells transmit to their surroundings. The discovery by the DKFZ scientists paves the way for new therapy approaches.

    Copyright: DKFZ […]

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